Melissa Horst, beverage director at The Majestic in Alexandria, Va., first created the Spicy Ginger soda to replace commercially made ginger ale. She makes it with a concentrated base syrup of ginger root sweetened with organic cane sugar. The syrup is mixed with carbonated water from the restaurant’s in-house water filtration system. The Spicy Ginger soda ended up being too spicy to replace ginger ale for some guests, but remained on the menu as a staple for those who enjoy the stronger ...

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